Mujahedin: Holy Warriors or Dirty Traitors?
(aka; MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)
... The allegations about the MKO’s collaboration with western intelligence agencies were confirmed recently by an arrested Israeli spy, Mohammad Ali Lobnani who was arrested earlier this year in Lebanon. In a court hearing session, Lobnani said that he had phone contacts with Mohammad Alizadeh, an MKO ringleader, but claimed he didn’t know the number was a Mossad contact number, according to Fars News Agency.  Responding to a judge’s question about the link between the MKO and the Mossad, he noted, “as far as I know, the group [MKO] has been collaborating with Israel for several years and has massive interactions with the Mossad.” ...
Nejat Bloggers, January 02 2012
*Mujahedin-e-Khalq-e-Iran* is the Arabic term used to refer to a group called the People’s Mujahedin of Iran. The term *mujahedin* actually means holy warrior, and to take the definition a step further, it is this term which metaphorically submits to *jihad*, God’s struggle. For Muslims this is a righteous word, but since the attack of 9/11, it has become a rather notorious and widely misunderstood word to non-Muslims. The*Mujahedin-e-Khalq-e-Iran * (MKO/MEK) seemed to have passionate and noble intentions thirty years ago and they called themselves holy warriors with fervor. But now, they have transformed into a cult of personality and their holy warrior image no longer exists in the minds of the Iranian people. The MKO has inflicted so much damage on the Iranian people that instead of being known as holy warriors, their name, *The Mujahedin,* is synonymous with *traitor*.
Treason has always been part of the group’s strategy for struggle, and therefore remain a threat to the Iranian people. Now the MKO is supported by some United States politicians who know very well that their own United States government lists the MKO as a designated terrorist group—a group nonetheless who once despised and described the United States as imperialists, capitalists and Zionists. Dirty facts exist in the glossed over history of the MKO—one includes the murdering of American people, but that was thirty years ago.
Scott Shane of the *New York Times* describes the support for the MKO by US politicians as an “obscure cause” and notes it is a “stellar list of supporters from both parties and the last two administrations, including a dozen former top national security officials.” 
Shane furthers that “the M.E.K. advocacy campaign has included full-page newspaper advertisements identifying the group as ‘Iran’s Main Opposition’ — an absurd distortion in the view of most Iran specialists; leaders of Iran’s broad opposition, known as the Green Movement, have denounced the group.” 
The very group of Mujahedin-e-Khalq, the enemy of America's enemy—definitely his friend—is an “anti-American, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist” group, according to Professor Paul Sheldon Foote. He calls Massoud Rajavi, who is the disappeared leader of the group, the Pol Pot of Iran. 
Why is it that the very US government who had despised the MEK in its early years is now coming around to shake hands with them and become an ally?
According to Justin Raimondo of *antiwar.com* “the War Party is bound and determined to drag us, kicking and screaming, into a military conflict with Iran.” Raimondo asserts that the “nexus of this network is the government of Israel and its intelligence services which is coordinating an increasingly frantic campaign to bring the Iran issue to a head.”
The true face of MKO is revealed in Israel’s recent acts of hostility against the Islamic Republic. In fact, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) aggressively lobbies US politicians to stand against Iran, and has announced that the MEK has potential as a proxy force against Iran. Raimondo warns that ''The Israel lobby is an octopus with many tentacles, of which MEK is merely one: they are all attached to the same body, however and that is the government of Israel and its intelligence services.” He further quips that the US is just another “Israeli occupied territory”. 
If there is a goal to destabilize Tehran, the MEK has become a potential tool for both the CIA and the Mossad. As the MEK feeds them misinformation the MEK gains ground in the intelligence arena, and likewise, as the CIA and Mossad continue to use the misinformation, the MEK becomes more of an ideal proxy. Paul Joseph Watson of *PrisonPlanet.com* writes that “it’s an admitted fact that the CIA uses terrorist proxies,” and “it is widely suspected that the well-known right-wing terrorist organization known as Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), once run by Saddam Hussein’s dreaded intelligence services, is now working exclusively for the CIA’s Directorate of Operations and carrying out remote bombings in Iran.”
Following the explosion at an Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s missile base, west of Tehran, Israel’s Mossad was immediately accused and the Israeli government didn’t deny the accusations. Richard Silverstein, a correspondent of *Haaretz* suggests that it could have been the work of the MEK in a Mossad-led operation. Silverstein notes that it is “widely known within intelligence circles that the Israelis use the MEK for varied acts of espionage and terror ranging from fraudulent Iranian memos alleging work on nuclear trigger devices to assassinations of nuclear scientists and bombings of sensitive military installations.” 
The allegations about the MKO’s collaboration with western intelligence agencies were confirmed recently by an arrested Israeli spy, Mohammad Ali Lobnani who was arrested earlier this year in Lebanon. In a court hearing session, Lobnani said that he had phone contacts with Mohammad Alizadeh, an MKO ringleader, but claimed he didn’t know the number was a Mossad contact number, according to Fars News Agency.  Responding to a judge’s question about the link between the MKO and the Mossad, he noted, “as far as I know, the group [MKO] has been collaborating with Israel for several years and has massive interactions with the Mossad.”
Western advocates of the MKO need to be aware of the group’s chameleon-like tendencies, because at some point the MKO will turn against the very ones who help them. Ultimately the MKO is a cult and the inner workings of the cult are kept secret from the various politicians they contract with to pursue their objective. Michael Rubin, an American scholar describes the MKO as a group who “sort of combined Islamism with Marxism, but it kind of just evolved into a freaky personality cult," and even warned that secretary of State, Hillary Clinton “should ignore their PR campaign.” Rubin cautions that the “Mujahedin Khalq is not only irrelevant to the cause of Iran’s democratic activities, but a totalitarian cult that will come back to haunt us.”
Richard Silverstein also warns about consequences of lobbying for and working with a terror group like the MKO cult, pointing out that “It is, of course, ironic that the same MEK [which is trusted by Israel for its covert operations against Iran] is paying key political players in U.S. life hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby on behalf of removing it from the Treasury Department terror list. I suppose when a terror group is harming your enemy then it’s no longer a terror group, eh? Certainly if there was another power than the Mossad willing to pay more for them to attack Israel and the U.S., guess who they’d be wreaking havoc on?” 
By Mazda Parsi
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Arrested Spy in Lebanon: Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) are Spying for Israel
... Judge: "This number is from Belgium and belongs to Mussed, what is your explanation of this?” Mohammad Ali Husseini: "I am in touch with Mohammad Alizade, one of the MKO officials, but it was not proven to me that the number belonged to Mussed. Judge: "You were also contacted by a number from England in 2008 which belongs to Mussed.” Mohammad Ali Husseini: "This number belongs to the MKO.” Judge: "Do you think there is any connection between MKO and Mussed?” Mohammad Ali Husseini: "Yes. This group has been working with Israel for years and it has had wide collaborations with Mussed.” ...
(Husseini promoting Mojahedin Khalq and terrorism)
Habilian Association, November 29 2011
In his latest court session held recently, “Mohammad Ali Lobnani” (Husseini) who was arrested by Lebanese army on charge of spying for Israel, referred to other aspects of MKO spying for “Mussed” and said: ”It’s been for so many years that the MKO is collaborating with the Israeli intelligence services and I am aware of this collaboration.”
Below is the conversation between the court’s judge and the so called cleric:
Judge: “You were contacted via a specific number after returning from Belgium and this connection lasted for 4 months.
Mohammad Ali Husseini: “I have a certain agreement and a direct connection with the MKO and the chief of their political committee and this number belongs to him.”
Judge: "This number is from Belgium and belongs to Mussed, what is your explanation of this?”
Mohammad Ali Husseini: "I am in touch with Mohammad Alizade, one of the MKO officials, but it was not proven to me that the number belonged to Mussed.
Judge: "You were also contacted by a number from England in 2008 which belongs to Mussed.”
Mohammad Ali Husseini: "This number belongs to the MKO.”
Judge: "Do you think there is any connection between MKO and Mussed?”
Mohammad Ali Husseini: "Yes. This group has been working with Israel for years and it has had wide collaborations with Mussed.”
The spurious cleric’s records
Mohammad Ali Husseini is a hardliner supporter of MKO who was arrested last May after one year of investigations on charge of spying for Israel. He is widely popular in the western media because he usually takes a hard line against Hezbollah and Iran. He had declared that he had formed the “Arabic Islamic resistance” with 1500 armed forces to fight Israel but the pictures released from these forces in the internet show just 5 men in different figures!
During the Iraqi army presence in the Ashraf camp, Husseini referred to this presence as an assault. Condemning the so called assault, he named the killed people martyrs and also called for supporting the Khuzestan separatists!
As reported by Lebanese press, his multiple travels to European countries and his suspicious phone calls had alerted the Lebanese security organizations. He was under observation by the Lebanese security office, the army intelligence service and the Hezbollah’s intelligence service for one year. Ultimately the Lebanese army intelligence forces arrested him in his apartment last May.
Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) contact arrested in Lebanon charged with spying for Israel
... has been detained in south Lebanon on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. The official said Tuesday that Mohammad Ali al-Husseini was detained Saturday. He says the cleric will be referred to military court if the charges are confirmed. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Lebanon and Israel technically remain at war, and more than 100 people have been arrested in Lebanon since 2009 on suspicion of spying. The detention marks a rare instance of a clergyman's suspected involvement in a spying case. Al-Husseini is ...
Associated Press, May 25, 2011
Lebanese cleric detained for alleged spying
BEIRUT (AP) — A security official says a Shiite Muslim clergyman and scholar has been detained in south Lebanon on suspicion of collaborating with Israel.
The official said Tuesday that Mohammad Ali al-Husseini was detained Saturday. He says the cleric will be referred to military court if the charges are confirmed. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Lebanon and Israel technically remain at war, and more than 100 people have been arrested in Lebanon since 2009 on suspicion of spying.
The detention marks a rare instance of a clergyman's suspected involvement in a spying case. Al-Husseini is known to be against Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group that fought a war with Israel in 2006.
and who is Mohammad Ali al-Husseini?
Lebanese "fake sheikh" and the Washington backed Mojahedin Khalq terrorists
Habilian Association, October 25, 2009
The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), a terrorist cult responsible for tens of thousands deaths in Iran and Iraq, is so isolated that is enjoying supports by an isolated Lebanese sheikh who calls himself an Allamah (a title given to a very knowledgeable Muslim scholar) and claims to win a high support throughout the Arab world. Habilian Association first reveals details of the personality and activities of Sayyid Muhammad Ali Husseini Lubnani, a young Lebanese "fake sheik" and a great supporter of the Saudi royal system.
(Leader of Washington backed Terrorist with Saddam Hussein)
Life and education
Sayyid Muhammad Ali Husseini Lubnani, from Al-Shumaysat, Lebanon, was ostracized by the family due to his unsuitable behaviour. He spent a few years in Qom, Iran to continue his Islamic studies before being expelled from Iran due to his deviations from true Islamic ideology. His education can be marked only by low ability of learning and his numerous plagiarized writings. He kept plagiarism until 2006 when his books on Islam included several parts of downloaded material!
He always complains about his stay in Iran and, as it is said by a Shia from Jabal Amil, Lebanon, this is due to his great wrath at his expulsion. Therefore, he tries to unite any anti-Iran groups, including Saad Hariri's Future Movement (Al-Mustaqbal). In his first meeting with Hariri, the Lebanese sheikh suggested him to establish a joint organization dedicated to counter what he called an "Iranian Shiism". Hariri accepted the suggestion and gave him a 35-thousand grant as a start.
Expelled by Hezbollah
Not familiar to many Lebanese people, Muhammad Ali also has a background of joining Hezbollah for a while, but he was expelled by Sayyid Hassan Nasrollah, the party's secretary general in person due to his same ideological deviations.
Though keeping countering Hezbollah, the 34-year-old man knows his "Arab-Islamic Council" a good alternative to the popular Hezbollah.
Through his frequent visits to European and Arab countries, Muhammad Ali tries to make himself popular as a supporter to the poor. He is accused of a big fraud by pretending he was gathering contributions to the poor while in his visits to the Persian Gulf Arab countries. He could manage to make such visits thanks to his frauds.
Supporting a terrorist cult
Lubnani claims he had survived an assassination attempt in Tyre Road, Lebanon in 2007, following which he issued a statement condemning Iran. He has issued several statements against Iran and supporting the MKO.
He refers to Maryam Rajavi, MKO leader's wife, as "the Iranian president". There is a link on his website covering Iran's post-election events and including all MKO's statements in this regard.
In a March 2006 interview with Al-Siyasah website, the Lebanese sheikh claimed he had a good relationship with Hezbollah. However he remained silent when asked how he could claim that while having good relations with the anti-Iran MKO.
The Lebanese so-called leader has condemned Iran and supported the MKO several times through interviews and official statements, though the cult is regarded as a terrorist organization by the US Department of State and many human rights organizations. Here is a brief report of his comments in a chronological order.
March 2008: Lubnani urged Iraqi president Jalal Talabani in a statement to apologize for what he had said on the MKO.
April 2008: In an interview with the Kuwaiti Al-Watan newspaper, he claimed Iran was cooperating with Hezbollah to launch a new war.
May 2008: In a letter to Mryam Rajavi, he appreciated her fighting against Iranian regime.
May 2008: Following the removal of MKO from UK's terror list, he sent a telegraph to Maryam Rajavi to congratulate her on behalf of the Lebanese nation.
July 10, 2008: "The presence of our brothers in Ashraf City (how he calls Camp Ashraf) is justified by moral, religious, ethnic, Arab, human and international criteria, since they are expelled from their country and are staying in Iraq inevitably", he said in an interview with the Iraqi Al-Sumeriyyah TV along with Muhammad al-Daini, former Iraqi Pro-Baath MP recently arrested in Malaysia on charge of terror efforts including bombing Iraqi parliament. "The Iraqi government has no evidences against these people", he added condemning Iraq for what he called their strict behaviour with regards to the MKO.
July 2008: "Iran doesn't fear the US missiles, but it fears the truth spread from Camp Ashraf by its knowledgeable residents. In fact, Ashraf is the true enemy to Iran's hypocrisy, since it represents the Iranian nation's true view points. We do believe that Uk's excluding MKO from its terror list is an interpretation of the Quranic ayah saying, 'the truth has come and the falsehood has vanished away'", he said on Camp Ashraf.
October 3, 2008: "Ashraf residents represent truth and the Iranian nation. They are Iran's children and are like the early Muslims who immigrated to Abyssinia (the then Ethiopia). Following a full research, we in the Arab-Islamic Council found out that it is our human, religious and legal duty to urge the world and the UN as well as high religious figures to stand by this oppressed group", he said in a statement.
It was on October 7, 2008 that he issued two statements in a day supporting MKO. The MKO notorious terrorists have frequently stated his comments on their websites.
Most recently, he showed his sympathy with the MKO by starting "The Arab-Islamic Committee in Defense of Ashraf". In a press conference on October 21, 2009, Lubnani insisted again on his support to Ashraf residents, urging Iraq to respect international, human, moral and religious criteria and stop what he called aggression against the refugees. He also urged the US, EU and UN to make any efforts to ensure Ashraf residents' health and security.
Assassination attempts fancy
The angry young man has made many efforts to provoke Arab leaders against Iran. He has always fancied he had been under assassination attempts by Iran. He said he had got flat tyres and barricades in his house car park to prove his assassination claims!
Love for Saudi regime
The Lebanese sheikh wrote a book on the Saudi Arabia showing his great love for the kingdom. In "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its Role in Lebanon", he admires the Saudi Wahhabis and their great role in what he calls establishing peace in Lebanon. He refers to the Saudi Arabia as "a kind father and brother" in the book.
Though calling himself "Mr Peace", he is so notorious for his lies that some Arab states decreased their support to him. He has turned to Qatar following the Saudi had government decided to decrease contributions to him.
He has cursed the Sunni caliphs in his books though he claims to be a full supporter of Shia-Sunni unity. This can be traced in "The Tears of the Righteous on the Grieves of the Father of the Noble", pages 11, 12, 43 and 44, though he amended these parts in later editions.
War games with a few people!
Lubnani claims to do several war games with his troops. Interestingly enough, the war games are held with only a few people. This can be traced in photos and videos available on his website. The troops are the same board members of his Council, where he is much interested in having women.
No interview with Habilian
Several efforts by Habilian Association (families of over 16000 terror victims) to interview the Lebanese sheikh failed due to his rejection to answer questions on his supporting the MKO.
(Massoud and Maryam Rajavi the cult leaders)
For Obscure Iranian Exile Group, Broad Support in U.S.
(Washington backed Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)
... Ali Safavi, who runs a pro-M.E.K. group in Washington called Near East Policy Research, says the money comes from wealthy Iranian expatriates in the United States and Europe. Because “material support” to a designated terrorist group is a crime, advocates insist that the money goes only to sympathizers and not to the M.E.K. itself. Congress has taken note of the campaign. A House resolution for dropping the terrorist listing has 97 co-sponsors, including the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan ...
Scott Shane, New York Times, November 27 2011
WASHINGTON — At a time of partisan gridlock in the capital, one obscure cause has drawn a stellar list of supporters from both parties and the last two administrations, including a dozen former top national security officials.
That alone would be unusual. What makes it astonishing is the object of their attention: a fringe Iranian opposition group, long an ally of Saddam Hussein, that is designated as a terrorist organization under United States law and described by State Department officials as a repressive cult despised by most Iranians and Iraqis.
The extraordinary lobbying effort to reverse the terrorist designation of the group, the Mujahedeen Khalq, or People’s Mujahedeen, has won the support of two former C.I.A. directors, R. James Woolsey and Porter J. Goss; a former F.B.I. director, Louis J. Freeh; a former attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey; President George W. Bush’s first homeland security chief, Tom Ridge; President Obama’s first national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones; big-name Republicans like the former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Democrats like the former Vermont governor Howard Dean; and even the former top counterterrorism official of the State Department, Dell L. Dailey, who argued unsuccessfully for ending the terrorist label while in office.
The American advocates have been well paid, hired through their speaking agencies and collecting fees of $10,000 to $50,000 for speeches on behalf of the Iranian group. Some have been flown to Paris, Berlin and Brussels for appearances.
But they insist that their motive is humanitarian — to protect and resettle about 3,400 members of the group, known as the M.E.K., now confined in a camp in Iraq. They say the terrorist label, which dates to 1997 and then reflected decades of violence that included the killing of some Americans in the 1970s, is now outdated, unjustified and dangerous.
Emotions are running high as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton completes a review of the terrorist designation. The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq has said it plans to close the camp, Camp Ashraf, by Dec. 31 and move the people elsewhere in Iraq in order to reassert Iraqi sovereignty over the land where it is located, 40 miles north of Baghdad.
Two earlier incursions by Iraqi troops into Camp Ashraf led to bloody confrontations, with 11 residents killed in July 2009 and at least 34 in April of this year. The M.E.K. and its American supporters say that they believe the Maliki government, with close ties to Iran, may soon carry out a mass slaughter on the pretext of regaining control of the camp.
If that happens, the supporters say, the United States — which disarmed the M.E.K. and guaranteed the security of the camp after the invasion of Iraq — will bear responsibility.
“We made a promise,” said Mr. Ridge, a former congressman and governor of Pennsylvania. “Our credibility is on the line. They’ve been attacked twice. How can we possibly accept assurances from the Maliki government?”
Mr. Ridge suggested that the M.E.K.’s implacable hostility to the rulers of Iran should be a point in their favor.
“In my view, if you’re a threat to Ahmadinejad,” — Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president — “well, the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” Mr. Ridge said. He noted that the M.E.K. had provided information on Iran’s nuclear program during the Bush administration.
The M.E.K. advocacy campaign has included full-page newspaper advertisements identifying the group as “Iran’s Main Opposition” — an absurd distortion in the view of most Iran specialists; leaders of Iran’s broad opposition, known as the Green Movement, have denounced the group. The M.E.K. has hired high-priced lobbyists like the Washington firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Its lawyers in Europe won a long fight to persuade the European Union to drop its own listing of the M.E.K. as a terrorist group in 2009.
The group’s spending, certainly in the millions of dollars, has inevitably raised questions about funding sources.
Ali Safavi, who runs a pro-M.E.K. group in Washington called Near East Policy Research, says the money comes from wealthy Iranian expatriates in the United States and Europe. Because “material support” to a designated terrorist group is a crime, advocates insist that the money goes only to sympathizers and not to the M.E.K. itself.
Congress has taken note of the campaign. A House resolution for dropping the terrorist listing has 97 co-sponsors, including the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan. At a hearing this month, senators pressed the defense secretary, Leon E. Panetta, about the threat to Camp Ashraf.
A State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said officials there were “working as quickly as possible” to complete a review of the M.E.K.’s terrorist designation. American officials are supporting an effort by the United Nations to resettle Camp Ashraf residents voluntarily to other countries, a process that is making slow progress.
Other State Department officials, addressing the issue on the condition of anonymity because it is still under deliberation, said that they did believe the 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf were in danger as the Dec. 31 deadline approaches.
“We’re in constant talks with the Iraqis and the Ashraf leadership to show maximum flexibility on the closure of the camp,” one official said.
But the officials expressed frustration at what they described as the American supporters’ credulous acceptance of the M.E.K.’s claims of representing the Iranian opposition and of embracing democratic values.
In years of observation, the official said, Americans have seen that the camp’s leaders “exert total control over the lives of Ashraf’s residents, much like we would see in a totalitarian cult,” requiring fawning devotion to the M.E.K.’s leaders, Maryam Rajavi, who lives in France, and her husband, Massoud, whose whereabouts are unknown.
Moreover, the official said, the group is “hated almost universally by the Iranian population,” in part for siding with Mr. Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. A State Department cable this year concluded that any indication of United States support for the M.E.K. “would fuel anti-American sentiment” in Iran and would “likely empower Iranian hardliners.”
In Iraq, the M.E.K. is also widely despised, especially by the country’s Shiite majority, because it is accused of helping the Iraqi dictator crush a Shiite revolt in 1991 — a charge the group denies. Because of deep Iraqi hostility, American officials argue that merely dropping the terrorist designation would not end the danger of attacks on the group.
While the M.E.K. carried out a campaign of attacks from the 1970s to the 1990s, mostly targeting Iranian officials, supporters say it has renounced violence and has not engaged in terrorist acts for a decade. The designation law, however, allows Mrs. Clinton to keep the label for a group that “retains the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.”
Such a decision would outrage the American advocates of reversing the terrorist label.
Mr. Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2005 to 2009, said the administration’s failure to act decisively threatened a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Mr. Mukasey said he did not believe the claim that the M.E.K. was a cult, but even if true, it was no reason to keep the terrorist listing. “These people are sitting in the camp, completely harmless,” he said.
Like other advocates, Mr. Mukasey said he had been paid his standard speaking fee — $15,000 to $20,000, according to the Web site of his speakers’ agency — to talk at M.E.K.-related events. But he insisted that the money was not a factor for him or other former officials who had taken up the cause. “There’s no way I would compromise my standing by expressing views I don’t believe in,” he said.
Congressional Leaders Voice Support for Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) Violence
... But Rohrabacher was adamant in his support for MEK. “I will have to admit the thing that attracts me to this movement is that it is willing to fight," he responded. “It won’t just be pacifists," Rohrabacher said, referring dismissively to the Green Movement, "it will be people with courage and people who stand up.” Mukasey, in addition to calling for the MEK to be removed from the terrorism list, urged that MEK members be allowed to resettle in the United States. Mukasey acknowledged that members of terrorist organizations are legally barred from entering the U.S., and suggested legislation be introduced to change the law for MEK members ...
NIAC Staff - News
Washington, DC - Congressional supporters of the drive to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) from the U.S. terrorism list defended the organization’s use of violence while dismissing Iran’s nonviolent Green Movement at a hearing on Capitol Hill last week. The hearing was also remarkable in that senior leaders of the designated foreign terrorist organization were caught counseling some of the witnesses before the hearing. It is illegal to coordinate with a foreign terrorist organization to advocate on behalf of the terrorist group.
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, compared the use of terrorism by MEK to violence employed during the American Revolutionary War. He justified the “cult-like” behavior of the MEK, saying American revolutionaries included "religious fanatics and Christian cults.”
Rohrabacher called for the MEK to be removed from the Foreign Terrorist Organization list, which prevents the group from receiving government funding and makes it illegal for MEK to operate in the U.S. "Any group that chooses to use violence to resist doesn’t make them right or wrong,” Rohrabacher stated. “Backing people who fight against tyranny is also something the U.S. should be doing.”
Despite the terrorist listing, Ali Safavi, a senior member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, was at the hearing, where he openly counseled witnesses before and during their testimony. The NCRI is the MEK’s political wing and is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.
The hearing’s witnesses included three former U.S. officials who have actively participated in pro-MEK conferences, including former Bush Administration Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
All three witnesses who previously appeared at MEK conferences unanimously called for the MEK to be removed from the terror list, though none were asked to disclose whether they had received money to support the organization, as have other officials who have advocated for delisting the group.
The lone dissenting voice among the witnesses, former Obama Administration advisor Ray Takeyh, was subjected to an intense back and forth with Representatives on the panel.
Takeyh warned panelists who viewed MEK as a viable alternative to the Iranian regime that the organization has no support in Iran.
“I don’t agree," responded Representative Bob Filner (D-CA). "Even if you’re right, so what?”
Filner laughed off evidence that MEK President Maryam Rajavi is a cult leader, despite reports from the State Department and FBI of “cult-like” practices by MEK that include indoctrination rituals and torture. "She is as intelligent, humorous, humane and humble as anyone I’ve ever met," Filner observed, recounting what he said have been numerous meetings he has held in Paris with Rajavi.
Filner accused Takeyh of justifying violence against the MEK by highlighting the group's history of terrorism, and said the U.S. should be supporting the organization as a “third way” alternative in Iran because it opposes the Iranian regime.
“These are our friends! We should be getting out of their way and de-list them,” Filner exclaimed. “Let them do what they can! Why are we helping Iran by not helping the MEK?”
Rohrabacher defended the MEK's history of violence, saying, “This is a territory that’s filled with violence—I would be surprised if there wasn’t any organization that wasn’t in some way involved with using force to protect themselves.”
"Oh I would disagree with that," responded Takeyh. "Within Iran there are many opposition movements, such as the Green Movement, that explicitly reject violence.”
But Rohrabacher was adamant in his support for MEK. “I will have to admit the thing that attracts me to this movement is that it is willing to fight," he responded. “It won’t just be pacifists," Rohrabacher said, referring dismissively to the Green Movement, "it will be people with courage and people who stand up.”
Mukasey, in addition to calling for the MEK to be removed from the terrorism list, urged that MEK members be allowed to resettle in the United States. Mukasey acknowledged that members of terrorist organizations are legally barred from entering the U.S., and suggested legislation be introduced to change the law for MEK members.
Prior to the hearing, Mukasey was witnessed receiving coaching from Alireza Jafarzadeh, who served as the official spokesman for the NCRI before it was declared a terrorist group and its offices raided by the FBI in 2003.
Meanwhile, many were turned away from the hearing or sent to the overflow room to watch the proceedings because the hearing room was at capacity. It was filled with individuals in yellow jerseys emblazoned with the slogans, “De-list the MEK,” “Protect Ashraf,” and “Ramp up sanctions.”
(Daniel Zucker, Maryam Rajavi and ALi Safavi)
(Ali Safavi as the commander of Saddam's Private Army in Iraq)
(massacre of Kurdish people)
(Abdolmalek Rigi on Voice of America, presented as a democratic alternative)
(Mojahedin's Maryam Rajavi and Jondollah's Abdolmalek Rigi)
RT: Lobbyist in Capital Hill with pockets stuffed with MEK’s money
(aka; Mojahedin Khalq, MKO, Rajavi cult)
... The Alyona Show on RT – Russian English –Language news Channel suggests the US media focus on the “Lobbyist in Capital Hill with pockets stuffed with MEK’s money”, on July 9th. The show criticizes US officials’ hypocrisy and double-standard sell the cause of terrorists. Comparing MEK with Al-Qaida the show poses the question that how a terrorist designated organization can be debated in a hearing held in the US congress ...
Alyona show, Russia Today, July 16 2011
Link to the full program on RT
same video on you tube (Alyona Show)
Royals V. MEK
The Alyona Show on RT – Russian English –Language news Channel suggests the US media focus on the “Lobbyist in Capital Hill with pockets stuffed with MEK’s money”, on July 9th. The show criticizes US officials’ hypocrisy and double-standard sell the cause of terrorists. Comparing MEK with Al-Qaida the show poses the question that how a terrorist designated organization can be debated in a hearing held in the US congress.